Postgraduate Taught

MSc Diagnostic Radiography (Pre-Registration)

The aim of this course is to develop the analytical, theoretical and practical skills that you learned as a graduate and focus on the professional and clinical elements required to be a successful diagnostic radiographer.

Course Overview

This course is not suitable for applicants already holding a qualification in diagnostic radiography.

Diagnostic radiographers provide an imaging service for most departments within the hospital including, accident and emergency, outpatients, operating theatres and wards.

X-rays are an imaging technique used by diagnostic radiographers to visualise injuries or disease, or monitor changes inside the body. Diagnostic radiographers carry out a range of procedures, which may include cross-sectional imaging techniques such as computerised tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound and radionuclide imaging (RNI).

Exit Awards

MSc (180 credits at SCQF Level 11 and 120 credits at SCQF Level 10)/ PgDip (120 credits at SCQF Level 11 and 120 credits at SCQF Level 10)/ MSc Applied Health Studies (180 credits at SCQF Level 11)/ PgDip Applied Health Studies (120 credits at SCQF Level 11)/ PgCert Applied Health Studies (60 credits at SCQF Level 11)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Academic study will be learner-centred with the analysis and synthesis of knowledge being of paramount importance. You will be expected to take overall responsibility for your learning. Teaching methods include keynote lectures, clinical workshops and tutorials, student-led seminars, group discussions, clinical observation and practice. Directed learning materials will be delivered via a virtual learning environment (Hub) and comprise readings, self-assessment quizzes, workbooks, tutorial questions with answers and narrated lectures.

Clinical skills will be developed in work placements in radiology departments in hospitals in central Scotland, eg Lothians, Fife, Forth Valley, Ayrshire, Tayside and the Borders. In Year One there are 18 weeks of placement and 21 weeks in Year Two. Four of these weeks are on elective placement which you can take anywhere in the world.

A variety of assessment methods will be used, including online examinations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), self-appraisal, course work, ePortfolio, viva voce examinations and clinical assessment.

The MSc Diagnostic Radiography programme has a small cohort of 12 students to ensure that the clinical experience can be tailored to individual needs. Some academic modules have larger class sizes as students engage with other allied health professionals.

Teaching Hours and Attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. The pattern of attendance at QMU will depend on the modules you are studying. In the first semester, attendance will be mainly on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Attendance at professional modules is monitored to ensure safety to work in the clinical environment. In clinical placements you will be expected to work the normal hours of a radiographer (ie full-time, Monday to Friday).

Links with Industry / Professional Bodies

Following successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a requirement for employment in the NHS. Student rates have been negotiated for membership of the Society and College of Radiographers (free for the first year of study and £48 for the subsequent year).


30 credits: Introduction to Radiodiagnostic Imaging/ Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiography/ Advanced Diagnostic Radiography

15 credits: Preparing for Practice as an Allied Health Professional/ Research Methods for Health Professionals

20 credits at SCQF 10: Practice-Based Learning1/ Practice Based Learning 3

40 credits at SCQF 10: Practice-Based Learning 2/ Practice-Based Learning 4

If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a research project (60 credits).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (July 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.


Following graduation and registration with the HCPC you can work as a registered diagnostic radiographer within the NHS. Diagnostic radiography is a fast-moving and continually changing profession, and long-term career prospects may include specialisation, management, research and teaching.

Quick Facts

■ A fast-track course to convert your existing degree into a caring profession.

■ Clinical placements provide the integration of theory to practice by working with patients and qualified staff.

■ This course is accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers.

Entry Requirements

Second class honours degree or above in any discipline. Applicants without these academic qualifications would be considered through the University’s normal Recognition of Prior Learning procedures. We would also like all applicants to have some shadowing experience in a clinical environment.

This course is not suitable for those already holding a diagnostic radiography or medical qualification. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

International: Students whose first language is not English are required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.5.

Criminal Records Check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.

Application Deadline

We recommend that you apply as early as possible as places are limited. Applications will be considered at any point throughout the year and decisions made quickly.

More Information and Contacts

Alanah Kirby ( or Admissions (, +44 (0)131 474 0000

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2017/18 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

Full-time: 2 years, 2 months
Start Date
September 2017
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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